They say, “It’s all about the details”. And as a decorator, I think that is very true. Especially when it comes to decorating for Christmas. I’d rather have a couple beautiful displays full of amazing detail than a whole bunch of Christmas tchotchkes and other decorations put all over a room just because it’s time to decorate. Today let’s talk about Christmas Details.
Let’s look at Christmas details!
I like to think of my Christmas decor as embellishing the decor I already have. Like these aprons below. They are hung in my kitchen all year round but for Christmas I chose some that together would take on a Christmas look. No Christmas motifs here. Just read and green mixed together!
Then I embellished the area with Christmas details. Greens and candy canes tucked in an apron pocket…
A wreath and some glass balls tied up on a hook…
And a jar of candy canes on a little stool below the aprons. The big jar is filled with snow and more candy canes and the lid has a big to greens tied with a big checked ribbon.
Tucking greens into decor is a great way to decorate for the holidays. After years of using real greens and having to change them out a couple times before Christmas I moved to great looking faux.
I made an arrangement out of a set of three stacking bowls, faux greens, tiny balls and a candle. So easy!
Mixing greens makes an arrangement look so much more interesting!
I have a few boxes of little bits and pieces of faux greens. When I find sprays and garlands I like I cut them apart to use in my decor.
Here are my favorite bits and pieces to collect for Christmas…
- faux sprays of greens
- faux boxwood
- faux berries
- pinecones with snow
- small Christmas balls
- small interesting glass ornaments
- mercury glass ornaments
- preserved boxwood wreaths
- deer sheds
- faux snow
I also like to use fresh fruit to decorate for Christmas especially when I can display them in pretty white bowls! Cranberries last a very long time and are my favorite!
Think about using these fruits in your Christmas displays…
- red and green apples
- oranges, clementines
Frosted fruit is really gorgeous at Christmas and sooo easy to create. Make a wash from a couple scrambled egg whites and roll fruit in sugar. Let them completely dry! How easy is that!
I get out my dinnerware and fill them with Christmas joy!
A cake stand acts as a base for a little bottle brush forest.
And a teacup turns into a Christmas tree stand!
I also use lots of candles, candlesticks, and candleholder as decor. I use what I have. No need to get anything special for Christmas!
Here are a few ways to use them in Christmas decorating
- as a perch for Christmas balls or other decorations
- group them together
- use them in the center of greens
And Christmas decorating would not be Christmas decorating without ribbon! I collect it and reuse and repurpose it year after year!
My favorite ribbons…
- burlap webbing
- very thick to tiny and thin
When my decorating is done and ready to be taken down I’m careful to pull the ribbon off of all my decor and roll it carefully, tape or pin it together and box it up for next year.
After decades of doing this you should see my ribbon collection!
I have a little confession to make… I wrap “fake gifts”! And then I use them as part of my decor. Each year I decide on a color scheme for Christmas and look for gift wrap in those colors. I already have decided on my Christmas colors for next year. I’ll be on the lookout for wrapping paper all year long.
A few gifts here and there really adds a pop of color and festive feel to Christmas decor!
I even cover books with gift wrap!
Paying attention to details makes all the difference. Be simple and purposeful and enjoy Christmas decorating!
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